Windows 10: Do I need this partition?

Discus and support Do I need this partition? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi All, I bought my computer a few years ago with Windows 7 preinstalled. The drive was partitioned into "C" and a small recovery partition "E". I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Cornishman, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. Do I need this partition?


    Hi All,
    I bought my computer a few years ago with Windows 7 preinstalled.
    The drive was partitioned into "C" and a small recovery partition "E".
    I did a clean install of Windows 10.
    Do I still need the "E" partition???
    Is it some sort of boot drive?
    The recovery folder is empty.

    Do I need this partition? [​IMG]

    Here's a closer look at the "E" drive

    Do I need this partition? [​IMG]


    :)
     
    Cornishman, Sep 29, 2015
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  2. Bruce Hagen, Sep 29, 2015
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    shirleemen, Sep 29, 2015
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  4. Victek Win User

    Do I need this partition?

    Have you checked how much of the space in ( E: ) is used? The recovery partition typically contains the factory image of the software that originally came on the PC (in your instance Windows 7). In the event of an OS failure it makes it possible to reinstall. Do you have separate System Recovery media? (DVDs or flash drive) If not be aware that if you delete the recovery partition the option to reinstall "7" will be gone.
     
    Victek, Sep 29, 2015
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  5. I've got a Windows 7 disk if I need to go back, but I want to stay with Windows 10.
    I'm worried that if I delete "E" will Windows 10 load up?
     
    Cornishman, Sep 29, 2015
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  6. Victek Win User
    The recovery partition predates the Windows 10 installation and I know of no dependency between them, so if you delete E: it shouldn't impact "10" at all. That said you just might want to wait for a few additional comments before deleting it *Nerd
     
    Victek, Sep 29, 2015
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  7. Berton Win User
    I've used Disk Management to delete the factory restore partition on a couple of Notebooks without harm, just means I can't return those to their as-shipped condition without having the discs I was prompted to make when first setting up the computers. One was a Win7 and the other was a Win8.1.
     
    Berton, Sep 29, 2015
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  8. Do I need this partition?

    Well I made an image of "C" and "E" using Acronis, just in case, then I deleted the files in "E"
    Windows 10 started up OK!!!
    But how do I delete the "E" partition???
    Windows wont let me format it???

    Do I need this partition? [​IMG]
     
    Cornishman, Sep 29, 2015
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  9. NavyLCDR New Member
    First, I notice that your E: drive partition is marked as Active. That means it probably has the boot files on it. Have you enabled the option in Windows explorer to view system protected hidden files and looked at E: drive again? If so, I'll bet you see the boot files remaining on it. Delete E: partition now and more than likely your computer will not boot.

    In order to delete it, you would use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free. Delete the partition and then expand the C: drive system partition into the remaining free space. But, again, without establishing the boot files on C: drive and making the C: drive partition the active partition, deleting the E: drive partition will likely result in no boot files.
     
    NavyLCDR, Sep 29, 2015
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  10. Word Man Win User
    Yep, looks like there are still 758 MB of content on E: and this is MBR structured disk.
     
    Word Man, Sep 29, 2015
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  11. What does that mean please?
     
    Cornishman, Sep 29, 2015
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  12. There is a boot file in the "E" drive sources folder

    Do I need this partition? [​IMG]
     
    Cornishman, Sep 29, 2015
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  13. Do I need this partition?

    OK thanks!
    Looks like I'm stuck with the "E" drive
     
    Cornishman, Sep 29, 2015
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  14. NavyLCDR New Member
    Have you went into Options in File Explorer, then went down the list and unchecked by the box for "Hide Protected System Hidden Files" (or something very similar?) Then you will see the additional hidden files on E drive.
     
    NavyLCDR, Sep 29, 2015
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  15. Word Man Win User
    1) You may have deleted files from E: but, assuming you took the Disk Management snapshot AFTER you deleted some files, it shows in the table that you still have 758 MB of data on it and this supports NavyLCDR's assertion that removing it may result in a system that won't boot.

    2) Seeing the size and number of partitions on that disk and how it's reported in Disk Management, I can tell that it is an MBR structured disk as opposed to a GPT structured disk. Being one or the other can impact your choices for change.
     
    Word Man, Sep 29, 2015
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